Glen Barks-dale, choral director and music teacher at Pleasant Grove Junior High School, has been named as the school's teacher of the year.

Barksdale was nominated for the award by the school's PTA, faculty and students. PTA President Julie Jewell said Barksdale exhibits understanding and care in his teaching and brings out the best musical talents in his students.Barksdale's name will be submitted to Alpine School District for consideration as the district's teacher of the year. The school plans to name an outstanding teacher every year.